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Tamahagane is a type of traditional Japanese steel made with iron sand, most notably used to make knives, katanas, and other Japanese swords. Tamahagane steel offers a superior level of strength and durability compared to other steels, and was initially discovered in feudal Japan, when swordsmiths found out that iron sand allowed them to create stronger, higher quality steel which led to better quality swords.
Tamahagane is characterized by its high carbon content and is produced with iron sand, a type of sand with substantial concentrations of iron and is dark grey or blackish in color. The iron sand is key to what gives Tamahagane its unique characteristics and they were found in Shimane, Japan.
The long history of Tamahagane knives is well-known, and the traditional forging techniques have been passed on from feudal Japan to present day. The knives are high quality, extremely sharp, durable, and feature a distinct classic design making them perfect for everyday use. The core layer of the knives is made from VG-5 High Carbon Molybdenum Vanadium Steel and are enveloped by a layer of SUS410 13 Chrome Stainless Steel on one side. The blade is extremely strong and features a hardness of approximately 61 Rockwell.
The edges of the blades are hand-finished with Waterstones, and the beveled edges feature an angle between 14 and 15 degrees. The knives have an incredible mirror polish finish and feature a perfect balance between strength and sharpness. The handle is made from strongly-pressed plywood, which feels incredible when handled and is well balanced ensuring a perfect grip for users.
Let’s check out of some different styles Tamahagane knives below:
Tamahagane Kyoto 63-Layer Damascus Wood Handle
The Tamahagane Kyoto series knives come in a wide range of models such as Gyuto (chef’s knife), Satoku (for cutting vegetable, meat, fish), Petty (utility knife), and Nakiri. These knives are unique and fit very comfortably in the users’ hands. The edges of the blades are hand-finished with waterstones, and. The beveled edges feature an angle between 14 and 15 degrees. They feature a beautiful mirror polish finish and are perfectly balanced between sharpness and strength. The handle is extremely comfortable to grip, and the knife feels great when held as the knife is so well balanced. A metal tsuba is placed between the blade and handle to keep the knife sanitary, and the handle is stylish and corrosion resistance, made from compressed laminated brown wood.
Tamahagane SAN Kyoto 63 Layer-Damascus
The Tamahagane SAN Kyoto series knives also come in a wide range of models for different purposes, including utility, meat cutting, and chefs use. The handles are constructed of black canvas-micarta, which is extremely durable and made of resin and linen which lasts decades. Like all Tamahgane knives, the SAN series knives are very comfortable when held due to its comfortable handles and even weight distribution. A metal tsuba is placed between the blade and handle to keep the knife sanitary. The SAN Kyoto knives were famously used by the Champion of “BOCUS d’Or 2009” an international Cookoff. Since then, Tahamagane and its SAN Kyoto series has been known as the knives of Champions.
Tamahagane Bamboo 3-Layer Stainless
The Tamahagane Bamboo knives are constructed of SUS304 18/8 stainless steel, an odorless metal which is extremely durable and made of resin and linen that lasts decades. It features an all stainless-steel hollow handle with a seamless weld. The weight is evenly distributed through the blade, making these knives extremely comfortable to grip. The cavity structure of the handle ensures the knife is lighter, and provides outstanding stability. These knives also come in a wide range of models for different purposes.
These three styles of knives are just a few selections available from Tamahagane. Be sure to check them out today to make your cooking more enjoyable!